Here's what you need to know today: May 9

GOOD morning everyone. Here's what you need to know in Gladstone today.


A partly cloudy day is forecast today with the chance of showers. Winds will be east south-easterly at 20 to 30km/h, becoming light in the evening then increasing to 15 to 20 km/h in the late evening. 

We're heading for a top of 25 after a low of 15.

Tides: High 3.42m at 5.01am and 3.32m at 5.56pm; low 1.29m at 11.25am and 1.48m at 11.55pm.

Click here for more local weather information.


Police have charged a 30-year-old man with drink driving after a random breath test on the Dawson Hwy, Gladstone on Thursday. The man allegedly had a blood alcohol content reading of 0.064.


Blackgate Road in Wooderson is closed.

The Burnett Highway is closed to all traffic between Bouldercombe and Mount Morgan due to a rock slide on the Mount Morgan range. Take an alternate route to Mt Morgan via Burnett Highway, Poison Creek Rd and Razorback Rd.

Sandy Creek on Turkey Beach Road is down to a single lane on weekdays from 6am to 6pm, then two lanes after 6pm, because of roadworks.


The annual Mother's Day morning tea will be held at 9am at St Peter's Church, 50 J.Hickey Dr, Gladstone. There will be live entertainment, raffles and craft.

Money raised from the function will go towards postage for Christmas Child and also the orphanage in Fiji. 

Yaralla Sports Club invites all children aged 2-12 to a Kids Big Night Out. Parents can enjoy some 'me' time in the club while the kids have dinner and a fun night of movies, games and activities.

The kids-only event is fully supervised and tickets include dinner and drinks. Cost is $10 per child.

Lifestyle Church will host its first Activ8 event for boys and girls at the Lifestyle Centre, 83 Sun Valley Rd, Kin Kora.

The event will run from 7-9pm, with doors opening at 6.45pm. It is themed "world records" and includes action-packed games for children aged 8-11.

Entry is $3. More details here.

Click here for a list of what's on in Gladstone this weekend.


The Queensland Government has signed off on a $16 billion coal development in the Galilee Basin in the state's central region that could become the largest coal mine in Australia. More here.

Players who abuse referees during matches in the Bundaberg Rugby League competition will be sin binned immediately in tough new measures adopted by officials. More here.


A High Court hearing into school chaplaincy will continue today as Toowoomba man Ron Williams continues his battle against funding religious bodies in schools. More here.

The Federal Government is facing a major backlash over plans to introduce higher fuel taxes and a deficit levy with even its own MPs sounding warnings. More here.


The governing African National Congress party has won its fifth straight election in South Africa. More here.

China has rejected Vietnamese claims it acted aggressively in the South China Sea and called for a peaceful end to a bitter row. More here.

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan has pledged to find more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist rebels, saying their rescue would mark "the beginning of the end of terrorism" in the country. More here.


Graham Arnold has vowed to return Sydney Football Club to its "glamour" status, after he was announced as the side's new coach. More here.

The Allianz Stadium grandstands could shake tonight when aggrieved Roosters representative prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves locks horns with the Tigers forward who took his Kiwis Test jumper, Martin Taupau. More here.

Melbourne midfielder Jack Viney is free to play after his two-match suspension was overturned by the AFL appeals board. More here.


  • 1671 - Thomas "Captain" Blood stole the crown jewels from the Tower of London.
  • 1901 - In Australia, the Duke of Cornwall and York declared the First Commonwealth Parliament open.
  • 1940 - Vivien Leigh debuted in America on stage in "Romeo and Juliet" with Lawrence Olivier.
  • 1978 - The bullet-riddled body of former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro was found in an automobile in the centre of Rome. The Red Brigades had abducted him.
  • 1980 - A Liberian freighter hit the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay in Florida. 35 motorists were killed and a 1,400-foot section of the bridge collapsed.
  • 1994 - Nelson Mandela was elected as South Africa's first black president.

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